Do you want to escape the drudgery?

If you were granted three “escape” wishes, what you would escape from? You probably don’t have to think too hard, but if you’re struggling, just pick the three things that give you an instant headache, make your chest tighten, bore you to death, or put you in a horrible mood.

Today, mine would be:

  1. filling out paperwork
  2. organizing paperwork
  3. doing laundry

I would much rather be doing something meaningful, exciting, something that requires a leap of faith, and gets my heart pumping.

The funny thing is, most of my current drudgery came about after I took a leap of faith and pursued a meaningful, exciting dream.

I loved the dream of international adoption, so Jarod and I prayed for the privilege. God actually granted us our hearts’ desires!

Now, I have the responsibility to fill out and organize more (and more… and more) paperwork to get our beloved children American citizenship, to qualify for scholarships, to receive necessary health care.

I (we) took a leap of faith and adopted not only one child, but twins… “Oh wait,” we said, “let’s add another.” And then, God blessed us with two of our own, through impossible circumstances. How thrilling! What a calling to be a mother of five!

Now I have the responsibility to keep those five children and my husband in clean clothes (not to mention fed and nurtured in every way).

My next dream will be no different. No matter what mountain of splendor I want to scale and claim, I will be faced not only with the difficult process of conquering, but also of maintaining and cultivating.

The truth is, that’s the real test of my character and of my level of faith.

Yes, it takes some boldness to set out on an adventure or to take a leap in the dark, but it takes perseverance and a deeper trust in God to press on when life is dull, mundane, stressful, or even completely awful.

If you are struggling today with…

  • The hard work of marriage,
  • The whining kids and messy house,
  • The job that bores you to tears,
  • Your ministry efforts that are completely taken for granted,

…find encouragement from the One has entrusted you with these tasks.

I know I desperately need His Words today to plod faithfully on.
Colossians Pinnable
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man…”
(Ephesians 3:16)

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
(Ephesians 5:15-17)

“With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.”
(Ephesians 6:7-8)

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 3:14)

“…For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am…
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
(Philippians 4:11b, 13)

“…That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience…”
(Colossians 1:9b-11a)

“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
(Galatians 6:9)

These verses completely reshape my ideas of drudgery.

Here’s my new list:

  1. I have the honor of serving the One who rescued me from darkness.
  2. He Himself supplies the strength and grace to do the serving.
  3. He will reward me.

Lord, help me to serve you with joy instead of longing to escape the tasks you’ve entrusted to me.

What are your drudgeries/privileges today?

How has God encouraged you to press on in the mundane?


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4 thoughts on “Do you want to escape the drudgery?

  1. Andrea February 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm Reply

    JEN!! Thank you for being so encouraging. It’s just what I needed today. (I was just complaining to the kids that its worthless trying to clean up b/c all they do is make a mess again….)And you are so right, the real faith building is in the mundane–I’ve been learning that lately. Thanks for sharing your heart my friend. This is your gift!

    P.S. Found out about your new blog through your news letter today 🙂

    • Jennifer Ebenhack February 23, 2013 at 9:15 am Reply

      Andrea! I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you! Thanks so much for your encouragement and for letting me know you’re in the same boat I’m in… the messy boat full of children, dishes, laundry, and joy. 😉

  2. Debbie Kemper February 23, 2013 at 3:43 am Reply

    The past three or four years of my life have shown what you’ve written to be so true. God is faithful. He gives the strength, motivation and ability to go on and do the boring and mundane so we can not only fulfill His will and purpose for us, but to show us how to make those things a joy and blessing to others as well.

    • Jennifer Ebenhack February 23, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply

      Thank you for sharing that, Debbie! I think we often mistakenly think that what we’re doing is so small that no one even notices, but it’s true, like you said — we can bring joy and blessing to others as we are faithful — and be completely unaware of it! And of course after we’ve served in mundane capacities, we have a whole new appreciation for others that carry on those responsibilities even after we move on to something else.

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